If there’s one thing country fans clamor for, it’s more from the genre’s tried ”n’ true talent. And hit-maker Tracy Lawrence’s newest single fits neatly into said category.
“Stop Drop and Roll” is the latest single from the Tennessee-based singer’s forthcoming studio album dubbed “Headlights, Taillights and Radios,” which is set for release in spring 2013. Luckily for country-music listeners, however, now is the time to get fresh music from the multi-platinum-selling musician, thanks to the Oct. 30 release of “Stop Drop and Roll” to country radio.
In selecting the freshman single for what will be his 13th studio disc, the philanthropic Lawrence returned to familiar company in the tunesmithing department; namely, hit songwriters Casey Beathard–who penned Lawrence’s CMA- and ACM-winning hit, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,”–and Brandon Kinney.
According to a correspondence shared with quadrust.com, already fans are responding with favor to Lawrence’s “Stop Drop and Roll” track, which was first posted on the artist’s LMG label website to provide a sneak-peek for listeners and get early feedback.
“This album is different than anything we have ever done before with Tracy, from recording to release,” said Alex Torrez, VP of business relations at LMG. “We want the fans to be involved and have a voice in the process leading up to the release.”
Lawrence’s always-in-fine-form vocals can lay claim to an enhanced maturity on “Stop Drop and Roll,” which boasts a flirty rambunctiousness in its lyrics yet maintains a laid-back rhythmic flow. Moreover, when Lawrence croons, “Oh is it hot in here? Or girl, is it just you? Well, I know what to do, yeah,” he’s convincing and in control–just like his fans like him.
In previewing the fan response to “Stop Drop and Roll” posted online, it’s clear the sometime-actor has tagged a winner that’s already earned a big thumbs-up from fans; plus, there’s no shortage of appeal here for commercial-country radio. That said, this Examiner confidently ascribes “Stop, Drop and Roll” four out of five stars in the ratings department.
“Why just four out of five stars?” one might wonder. “Why not the full five?” Well, that’s because this scribe, as a longtime Lawrence fan, is confident there’s even better music ahead on the performer’s upcoming “Headlights, Taillights and Radios” CD; the hatted cowboy’s simply teasing us until he’s ready to let it drop.
- Sample the song: For more information on Lawrence, who’s logged 18 No. 1 singles to date and sold 13 million albums, please visit his official website. And to sample “Stop Drop and Roll,” which is available for digital download now via iTunes, go no farther than the video embedded on the left side of this post.